18 Jan 2010
La Boheme at the Grand, Leeds
Raphaela Papadakis seems to like ‘playing with fire’. After her acclaimed performance as the put-upon maid, Anna, in Independent Opera’s production of Šimon Voseček’s Beidermann and the Arsonists at Sadler’s Wells last year, she is currently rehearsing for the premiere this week of And London Burned, a new opera by Matt Rogers which has been commissioned by Temple Music Foundation to commemorate the 350th anniversary of The Great Fire of London.
By Hilary Finch [Times Online, 19 January 2010]
If you really do wish that it was Christmas every day, then tag along with Opera North’s winter tour, and you’ll get lashings of snow and Father Christmas right up to March. The gentlemen with the long snowy beards prance around the Café Momus, adding to the scarlet, white and black of Phyllida Lloyd’s still handsome 17-year-old production, now revived, somewhat patchily, by Peter Relton.